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May 5, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
A splintered Hershey Trust board that controls one of the nation's richest charities has spent $3.6 million on legal fees to investigate claims of possible wrongdoing by its own members, according to an internal letter from the board's chief compliance officer, Marc A. Woolley, and now-fired executive John Estey. In the last year, the board hired lawyers to probe whether two members engaged in insider trading of Hershey Co. stock. They did not, Zuckerman Spaeder L.L.C. and others found at a cost of $3 million, the letter said.
NEWS
September 18, 2002
Mayor's 'we' lacks top officials What is the function of a municipal governing body? Is it not to work together with us citizens to make decisions that would be in the best interest of the people in our community? I recently returned from vacation to find out about a letter that Haddon Township Mayor William J. Park Jr. had sent to Green Valley Tennis Club on Crystal Lake Avenue. In it, he sugested that its property be purchased by the city. "We have had the property appraised and are prepared to offer $525,000," said the letter.
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NEWS
May 17, 2016
ISSUE | PETER LIACOURAS Temple's redeemer The passing of former Temple University President Peter Liacouras marked the official end of an era ("Former Temple president Peter Liacouras dies," Philly.com, Friday). Liacouras saw his charter in a simple manner - to lead and manage Temple's transition - and this vision became a reality along Broad Street and in North Philadelphia. His years of work benefited Temple, the neighborhood, and the community, and as with Comcast cofounder Ralph Roberts, social activist the Rev. Leon Sullivan, and former Mayor Richardson Dilworth, his sense of uncompromising integrity raised the bar for all Philadelphians.
NEWS
May 17, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Reducing the levy would harm the city I urge City Council President Darrell L. Clarke to support Mayor Kenney's proposed 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages instead of cutting it to 1 cent an ounce or less ("Clarke floats smaller drink tax," Thursday). This tax would improve the health of thousands of Philadelphians. It would help, not harm, those being singled out as likely to be hurt by this tax. Many people do not understand the harmful effects of sugar, including weight gain and diabetes.
NEWS
May 17, 2016
ISSUE | HIROSHIMA Lower the nuclear threat I welcome President Obama's decision to be the first sitting U.S. president in the nuclear age to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first use of nuclear weapons ("Obama to make history with visit to Hiroshima," Wednesday). Remembering the horror and destruction wreaked by a relatively small nuclear weapon compared with today's nuclear weapons is crucial to generating the global will to move toward abolishing such weapons worldwide. The last nuclear reduction treaty was in 2010, between the United States and Russia.
NEWS
May 17, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. SCHOOLS Speak up, people The placement of the article "Pa. audit of Phila. schools finds lax safety, 'broken finances' " on the back page of Thursday's Local News section says it all about why our schools are broken. Until Pennsylvanians muster the outrage to make this front-page news, we will continue with the injustice that is hurting our children and undermining our city. |Paul S. Sylvester, lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, pssylvester@gmail.com
NEWS
May 16, 2016
ISSUE | VISIT PHILA. Ex-CFO let off easy Joyce Levitt, former chief financial officer of Visit Philadelphia, got a tap - it can't even be called a slap - on the wrist after seven years of embezzling more than $200,000 from a taxpayer-funded organization that paid her $120,000 a year ("Guilty plea for tourism ex-official," Thursday). I am waiting to see what happens to Stephanie Mayweather, the former executive director of East Division Crime Victim Services, who was charged with stealing more than $15,000 from that support group ("Victims advocate now charged," Thursday)
NEWS
May 16, 2016
ISSUE | TENURE Pa. teachers deserve the benefit of seniority Leave it to the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania legislature to cut school funding, underfund the teachers' pension fund, and eliminate the academic free speech offered through tenure, and then pass a bill that uses teacher effectiveness, rather than seniority, to decide who gets laid off ("Wolf gets school seniority layoff bill," Tuesday). The investment made to get a teaching degree, the high level of scrutiny and competition during the hiring process for the few jobs that open up, and the near-constant administrative supervision to ensure that state standards are being met suggest we're getting excellent teacher performance.
NEWS
May 16, 2016
ISSUE | CORRUPTIONStung by the FBI John Estey is my neighbor - I know him. There is not a doubt in my mind, whether it meets the definition of entrapment or not, that he would have never been involved in funneling illegal campaign contributions to Pennsylvania legislators as part of an FBI sting operation if he had not been expertly targeted and then tempted ("More shame on Harrisburg - and the FBI," Thursday). He's a good man who was given the use of a Ferrari and then got caught speeding.
NEWS
May 16, 2016
ISSUE | ADOPTION Finally, a chance to find my birth mom My mom in heaven - you adopted me, loved me, and left me with so many unanswered questions. The young girl who gave birth to me - I know you loved me, I know you were forced to give me away, and I understand you could not keep me. If you are searching for me, I know you cannot find me, because I cannot find you. Our records are sealed; our existence is hidden away. We were told to forget - how can we? I think about my mom in heaven, how I miss her and wish she could have answered my questions.
NEWS
May 14, 2016
ISSUE | IN GOD WE TRUST Pa. schools need more than a motto City schools in Pennsylvania are in crisis, with severe shortages of teachers, nurses, librarians, and counselors; payroll uncertainty; crumbling buildings; a failure to provide books and basic resources; and crime against students and teachers. Yet State Reps. Rick Saccone (R., Allegheny) and Cris Dush (R., Jefferson) think the best use of their time and my tax dollars is to get a bill passed that would allow schools to post the motto "In God We Trust" ("Pa.
NEWS
May 14, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA POLICE Enlist military vets to fill the ranks I agree with former law enforcement officers Walter Zdunowski and James McNesby that the Philadelphia Police Department should retain its 60-college-credit requirement for recruits ("Ex-officers: Keep college requirement," Tuesday). It disappoints and frustrates me as a retired Navy officer and a police district advisory council member to hear that the department is having a difficult time finding qualified applicants for its understaffed force.
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